Board Games – I remember when the first Zombicide game was up on Kickstarter, zombies were all the rage and Walking Dead was fresh and different, survivors based on pop icons drove the stretch goals to create an annual cash cow for CMON. As with most “sequels” the franchise eventually lost steam and rebooted in an Evil Dead 3-ish realm of mid-evil zombies and necromancers. Of course this also gave the game access to a variety of fantasy tropes that breathed new life into the franchise and wrangled in fantasy players with a refined version of the game that uses a nifty dashboard instead of the awkward “paperclip” for tracking your character.Read More
Board Games – I love the variety of painting clients I currently have. It’s really hard to get burnt out when you have a variety of things to paint. (I swear if I have to paint one more Hive Fleet Leviathan model I’ll lose it) It’s especially nice to get something on a totally off-the-wall scale like 7th Continent. These models are tiny.
The goal with these was to match the card art/box art so that it’s easier for players to identify their paws on the board easier. At this scale it’s not so much about an amazing paint job as it is being functional.
Warhammer 40,000 – Nurgle seems to be really popular in 8th Edition. Which makes sense when you consider how important screening and board control are to most of the missions. That paired with a pretty amazing product line means many of these disease ridden daemons have traversed my tabletop.
This latest batch is a little different as the client requested some variety in skin tone. So I started with two colors or green and a flesh tone as my base. A quick wash of Athonian Camoshade got them to a nice dirty look and some gore effects finished them off.
Board Games - It’s amazing the amount of content CMON produces for their board games. I’ve painted up several batches of these models for my client and I think she still has a few more sets to go. When this game was up on Kickstarter originally I picked up the “core” set but still haven’t had a chance to put it on the table, from what I’ve heard it’s an amazing game with a rich backstory. I love the models and hopefully I’ll be able to find some free space on my painting table to get my own set done soon.
Warhammer 40,000 – Quite often I have clients come back to add additional units to their armies. With a living system like 40k has become points fluctuate with the Chapter Approved releases, rules change with new supplements or FAQs and as such a 2,000 point army may find itself in need of some reinforcements. Such is the case with these Space Wolves I painted a few years ago.Read More
Warhammer 40,000 – Tau are by far my least favorite army to paint or play against. I love reading about them and the role they play in the game, especially in the campaign supplements from late seventh edition. They’re more alien feeling than the Eldar and have a really cohesive look and feel. My issue is that cohesive look and feel means painting any model in the range feels very much like painting every other model in the range, particularly with this scheme.
This time around my client decided to add a Spearhead Detachment to his existing force. There are quite a few things I love about 8th edition 40K and the detachment style of building army list ranks at the top. If you work out points costs for your detachments that can fit into a larger army build it becomes very easy to mix and match completely changing how the force functions by swapping in a Spearhead instead of a Vanguard for example.
The paint is pretty standard Vior’la Tau, you can read more about the scheme in these posts.
Warhammer 40,000 – Some armies you’ll always be adding small elements to. With Space Marines of any type minor adjustments in wargear load-outs can drastically affect your costs, which means tweaking units by a model or two. When working with a super-specialized force like Death Watch those tweaks can have a bigger impact. For players that don’t like to proxy or use counts as models in their force this means constantly adding to your collection until you have ever combination covered.
This latest batch of Death Watch marines goes along with the force I’ve been painting for a client, this time around he’s adding some special and heavy weapons.
Warhammer 40,000 – Recently I watched a show on Netflix called Slobby’s World. It’s about a “vintage” clothing store in Arizona that makes mint tracking down clothes and accessories from the 1980’s-1990’s, the whole premise is pretty interesting and although the people in the show are obnoxious, annoying and just down-right weird it’s a train wreck I just couldn’t turn off. Part of what I found so interesting was how much people were willing to pay for stuff that I owned as a kid and donated to Good Will when it went out of style. Where is this rambling going you ask? Well the show reminded me of how strong nostalgia is and how in some circles having “vintage” things is a status symbol, which leads to my latest project. Yeah you guessed it … more Old hammer stuff.
Age of Sigmar - To go along with the small band of Slayers I recently painted, and their endless spells my client picked up the terrain piece for the Fyre Slayers. Apparently with their latest updates they’ve become a force that will see the tabletop more. This Forge is pretty cool and I like that each race is getting something unique to add to the tabletop.
Age of Sigmar – It’s getting hot in here. Endless spells are the latest edition to Age of Sigmar. Buy a special kit of models and your army gains access to some very powerful magic spells or effects. Once cast these stay on the table and wreck all kinds of havoc. The first two sets I was asked to paint are the Fyre Slayers and the Stormcast Eternals.
The fire spells were pretty simple to do using the fluorescent paint techniques I’ve discussed in previous posts.
The Stormcast spells also were pretty straightforward to paint. Essentially blue, purple and some washes to get the magic-y effect I was going for.
Age of Sigmar – I’m always excited to try out new lines of paint, the science behind it is always evolving and new formulas mean new techniques. Games Workshop’s latest creation is Contrast Paints, which are billed as the paint equivalent of Jesus rising from the grave. Magic in a bottle that will turn your cabinet of grey shame into a multi-hued collection of fully painted models. Glory, glory Hallelujah!Read More
Warhammer 40,000 – Sisters of Battle will be here soon and you’ll most likely see a resurgence of this warrior-women. This batch in particular will be rolling with the Ultramarines I showed earlier this week.
Warhammer 40,000 – Shadow Spear introduced some pretty cool new units to the Primaris Space Marine range. This time around I’m painting they in the colors of Ultramar. These guys are destined to join up with the other Ultramarines I recently painted as part of an ever-expanding force.Read More
Board Games – Being a commission painter I often will paint the same models several times for different clients. With the recent bloat of great board games with miniatures I’m starting to have clients see what I did for a game a request the same thing, more frequently. This latest project is one such case.Read More
Warhammer 40,000 – I haven’t painted Eldar very often, in fact I can’t remember the last time I put paint to a pointy eared space elf. My most recent project is a fairly large Alaitoc force, you know the -1 to hit flavor of Eldar. Oddly enough this for contains zero rangers. I don’t understand how it is the sneaky faction wears bright yellow helmets but whatever I’ll chalk it up to alien shenanigans.Read More
Warhammer 40,000 – Death Watch don’t get access to any of the Phobos Pattern Space Marines from the latest boxset. Which of course bummed my Death Watch client out, luckily he also collects Dark Angels so rather than black this set of models is going to be green.Read More
Age of Sigmar – Along with the warbands I’ve been painting for Warhammer Underworlds my client sent over a few characters for his Age of Sigmar armies. It looks like I’ll be painting a significant number of fantasy models over the next few moths which is great because I find the models very cool even though I don’t play the game. One of the benefits to doing commission work is getting to paint cool stuff that you don’t actually want to own.
This batch has two Chaos characters and a Necromancer, eventually I believe I’ll be painting rest of the armies that go with these characters.
Age of Sigmar - Night Goblins have always been one of my favorite range of models Games Workshop produces. Even though I have zero interest in playing Fantasy/Age of Sigmar I can appreciate the character of the models and enjoy reading about them. As I paint more of these warbands for my clients, I’m getting a little itch to try out Warhammer Underworlds, but I might be able to hold out as there is supposed to be a video game version coming out that might be easier to find people to play against or to play solo. (My current group is pretty much 40k or nothing at the moment).Read More
Historical – Band of Brothers was a pretty decent HBO show from back in the day that followed the exploits of Easy Company across the European Continent. I believe it was based on a book and the series was directed by Steven Spielburg. That late 1990’s series was part of HBO series really taking off and changing the face of television.Read More